With a rich history, vibrant culture, and a strong economy, Boston attracts a large influx of visitors every year. Its strong tourist industry makes hospitality projects in the city quite a profitable investment. This article highlights the top hotel and hospitality contractors in Boston, Massachusetts. To produce this list, we reviewed commercial general contracting firms and hospitality construction companies.
We considered a variety of factors creating this list, including the number of projects the contractors had completed in or near the area, the notability of their projects, any prestigious awards they had won, press recognitions, a firm’s years of experience in the industry, and the professional affiliations these firms maintain.
Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
266 Summer Street Boston, MA 02210
With over 114 years of industry experience, Consigli Construction Co., Inc. has been hailed by various publications as a leader in the construction industry. The company has been featured in the Engineering News-Record where it was named New England Contractor of the Year in 2019 and was ranked 28th on the Top 100 Green Building Contractors. Consigli was also hailed by the Boston Business Journal as the third-largest general contractor in Massachusetts.
The company’s family legacy carries on with Anthony Consigli and Matthew Consigli acting as CEO and President respectively. The Consigli brothers oversee over 1,000 employees across seven regional offices. The company also has over 350 skilled laborers, carpenters, and masons on staff.
As a trusted and experienced construction company in Boston, Consigli has worked on some of the most challenging projects in the city. In one of its projects, the company worked on the development of the new Hyatt Centric Hotel in Boston’s Financial District. Connecting a new construction into an existing 1920’s building, Consigli faced a number of challenges: the project was a high-traffic area on a tight, urban site. The new hotel features 163 high-end guest rooms as well as a European-style bar and restaurant.
2310 Washington Street Newton Lower Falls, MA 02462
Cranshaw Construction is a general contracting and construction management firm that has been providing quality construction services for over 36 years. Since its establishment, Cranshaw has completed over 35 million square feet of space in suburban and downtown areas of Boston, totaling over $4 billion.
One of the strengths of Cranshaw Construction is its knowledge in green building principles, having completed numerous LEED-accredited projects. Its quality service as a general contractor also landed the company a spot in Engineering News-Record’s New England Top Contractors in 2018, placing eleventh.
Cranshaw has done numerous hospitality projects in Boston including the AC Hotel by Marriott Downtown Boston. Located at Ink Block in Boston’s South End, the 102,000 square-foot hotel has a total of 205 rooms and features various amenities, including meeting rooms, a fitness center, and a lounge called “AC Kitchen.” The hotel opened in the spring of 2018.
Janey Construction Management
236 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Founded by its president Greg Janey in 1984, Janey Construction Management is an established and experienced construction firm that has been serving varied market segments for over 35 years. Based in Boston, its complex and important projects have been featured in numerous publications, including the Boston Globe, The Bay State Banner, and the Boston Business Journal.
Janey Construction Management has completed numerous notable projects throughout Boston. In one of its hospitality projects, the company worked as a general contractor for the Harborside Inn in downtown Boston, renovating a building two centuries old. The renovation included the addition of 86 rooms to the existing hotel.
John Moriarty & Associates
672 Suffolk Street Lowell, Massachusetts 01854
John Moriarty & Associates has been in the construction industry for over 34 years. Currently co-headed by David Leathers and John J. Moriarty as CEO and President respectively, John Moriarty & Associates has worked on a number of high-profile projects throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, and Florida.
One of its most notable projects is a $550 million hotel project. Working with Janey, Inc. as the project’s general contractor, the Omni hotel is set to be the largest hotel in Boston’s Seaport District and the fourth largest hotel in Massachusetts by the time the project is finished in 2021. The two 21-story towers have over 1,055 rooms and will feature a wide range of amenities, including a spa and fitness space, 35,000 square feet of restaurant space, as well as 120,000 square feet of convention and function space.
116 Harvard Street Brookline, MA 02446
Hailed by the Boston Business Journal as one of the best places to work for, the family-owned Kaplan Construction has been in the construction industry for over 43 years. Currently headed by its president, Nathan Peck, the company has worked on numerous general contracting and construction management projects. The company maintains ties with organizations like the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the Boston Society of Architects, and the U.S. Green Building Council. Its work has also been featured in various publications like the Boston Globe and Constructech Magazine.
Kaplan Construction works in numerous markets, including commercial, healthcare, multifamily, and hospitality. In one of its hospitality projects, the company worked on the Revolution Hotel in Boston. Situated near the city’s major tourist attractions, Kaplan Construction converted a seven-story, former hostel and dormitory into an urban boutique hotel that offers an affordable alternative to both tourists and travelers. The hotel features 163 units, as well as different amenities for working and socializing. Kaplan Construction divided the project into two phases, successfully completing major improvements to the hotel.
Lee Kennedy Co.
122 Quincy Shore Drive, Quincy, Massachusetts 02171
Branding itself as a company of builders, Lee Kennedy Co. has been providing a wide range of construction services for over four decades. The company and its work have been featured in various publications, including Boston Business Journal, Boston Magazine, and Boston Real Estate Times.
The company’s president and CEO, Lee Michael Kennedy, oversees the overall operations of the company. Kennedy’s excellent leadership has been recognized by different organizations, having been included in Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 and the Boston Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Leaders.
In its 41 years of existence, the company has completed numerous notable projects throughout Boston. One of these is the Moxy Hotel where the company worked on the preconstruction and construction stage of the project. Located in Boston’s Theater District, the 24-story hotel has a total of 340 rooms featuring high-end interior finishes. Other amenities are also available, including a second-floor bar and 1,695 square-foot of total meeting space.
Shawmut Design and Construction
560 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
Established in 1982, Shawmut Design and Construction is a Boston-based construction firm servicing multiple market segments. CEO Les Hiscoe leads the 100 percent employee-owned company with decades of construction industry experience. Under Hiscoe’s leadership, the company was recognized by Forbes as the best midsize employer in 2019. The company was also featured in a number of other publications, including Construction Drive, New England Real Estate Journal, Fortune Magazine‘s 100 Best Workplaces list in 2019, and in Engineering News-Record where it was named ENR New England Contractor of the Year in 2019.
Committed to raising the standard of industry building practices, the company has completed numerous LEED-accredited projects and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. The firm is also a member of the Lean Construction Institute and the Associated General Contractors of America.
Shawmut has worked on numerous impressive projects in Boston. In one of its projects, it worked on renovating the 190,000-square-foot Sheraton Boston Hotel. Included in the renovation are 428 guest rooms as well as amenities like the Café Apropos. The project was completed from the top-down, allowing room reservations to be made while the project was ongoing.
101 Seaport Blvd Boston, Massachusetts 02210
Headquartered in Stockholm, the firm dates its operations back to 1887, nearly 133 years ago while Skanska USA started in 1971—eventually acquiring active companies in the U.S. Today, Skanska USA has grown to be the largest revenue generating unit of Skanska Group. Skanska was named as the eighth largest building/manufacturing contractor in revenue by Engineering News-Record. The company has been featured in numerous publications, including the Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, Boston Magazine, Banker & Tradesman and Construction Drive. Skanska has offices in 28 metro areas with 10,000 employees nationwide, including 348 LEED-Accredited professionals. Skanska USA’s president and CEO, Richard Kennedy, has over 23 years of construction experience. Kennedy is responsible for Skanska’s U.S. construction operations.
Skanska has completed numerous big hospitality projects throughout the country. In Boston, one of the company’s notable projects includes the Fairmont Battery Wharf. Located along Boston’s historic waterfront, Skanska partnered with The Architectural Team Inc. to work on the 470,000-square-foot project which involves four buildings. A mixed-use project, the 150-room luxury boutique hotel occupies the first two floors of each building. Amenities are also available, including a restaurant, a lounge, a bar, as well as various function rooms.
711 Atlantic Ave 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02111
Co-headed by James K. Donaghy and Bob Mullen, working as Executive Chairman and CEO respectively, Structure Tone is an established construction company with over 48 years of construction experience. The company employs over 1,900 staff across 29 offices. It works on around 1,500 projects annually, completing $5 billion in annual construction volume. Structure Tone maintains active ties with well-known industry organizations, including the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA), the American Subcontractors Association (ASA), the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Structure Tone has worked on numerous luxury hospitality projects: in one of its works, the company did a major renovation for the Fairmont Copley Hotel amounting to $20 million of work. The major renovation includes the main lobby, 18 suites, 383 guestrooms, as well as an Oak Room Bar and Restaurant. To minimize the disruption of hotel operations, Structure Tone built temporary walls to contain dust, debris, and noise from the construction, adopting an “out of sight, out of mind” approach.
65 Allerton Street Boston, MA 02119
Ranking 23rd in Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractors list, Suffolk is a national contractor headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1982, Suffolk is the largest contractor in New England and is considered one of the most innovative in the country. Suffolk Founder, Chairman and CEO, John Fish, has been recognized numerous times because of his impact on business and the community. Boston Magazine has named Fish the most powerful person in Boston and The Boston Globe has named him Bostonian of the Year.
Suffolk has managed numerous high-profile hospitality projects throughout the country and in Boston where its headquarte
rs is located. Several signature hotel projects in Boston include Encore Boston Harbor, Four Seasons at One Dalton, and The Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Residences. Suffolk has also managed construction of high-profile hospitality projects in other regions, including the guitar-shaped Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida; the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, Florida; and the Ritz Carlton in Florida, among many others.
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